Social media expert at 'Demos', Carl Miller, will discuss AI and Judges, drawing on his latest book on 'The Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab'.
Algorithm outperforms human judges by a significant margin. In certain data-rich contexts, especially ones which are all about patterns and trends, machine judgement will simply outperform humans. There is a huge revolution to come in how decisions are made in society, including in the administration of justice, in areas where the stakes are very high (e.g. whether the defendant should be remanded in custody or bailed). So we have to make sure these algorithms are incredibly rigorous.
But algorithms are complex. The complexity, dynamism, the sheer not-understandability of the algorithm means that there is a middle part – between input and output – where it is possible that no one knows exactly what they’re doing. The algorithm learns whatever it learns. If that is the case, how do you ensure the algorithm does not discriminate against a particular individual (the defendant in the bail scenario above)? How do we protect the individual from the machine?
Demos social media expert Carl Miller will discuss some of these issues, drawing on his latest book on The Death of the Gods: The New Global Power Grab. The book describes how a new, digital form of power has chipped away at the old, familiar citadels where power used to reside. It has scared CEOs, forced politicians to resign, swallowed up newspapers, eclipsed experts, and torn down companies. Traditional centres of power have been torn down, and this most precious of commodities has been redistributed in new, mysterious ways.
Carl will talk about his efforts to track down and expose the new forms of power and what they mean for regulations, norms, public scrutiny, and the Law itself.
Carl Miller Is a technology researcher who has thrown himself into some of the most important and least familiar parts of the digital age. To understand how power is changing, Carl went on a journey of the front-lines of the digital revolution, from politics and media, to business and warfare.
Carl is the Research Director of the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media (CASM) at Demos, and has written for Wired, New Scientist, the Sunday Times, the Telegraph and the Guardian. He’s also a Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London.
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